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New Year’s Dip is Set to Make Waves in Whitehaven

The annual New Year’s Dip is set to make waves in Whitehaven once again. Looking to celebrate the New Year with a splash? Here’s one for you. Put on your wackiest fancy dress, march down to Golden Sands and plunge into the sub-zero waters as 500 people look on. And do all of this to […]

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West Cumbria’s Christmas Past

For the last 60 years, local photographer Ivor Nicholas has been capturing our region’s best moments. Here he has kindly shared with us a few photos of west Cumbria’s Christmas past. From parties and nativity plays to full-blown white christmases, can you spot anyone you know?  

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New Exhibition Will Celebrate Keswick’s Inspirational Women

By Sarah Sinclair A new exhibition will showcase Keswick’s history through the eyes of its inspirational women. From Wainwright to Wordsworth, the Lake District is often lauded for its great men, while relatively little remains widely known about the remarkable women of the region. The town of Keswick, for instance, has a history rich with […]

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A Grand Discovery of Forgotten Whitehaven Artist

Social media has helped uncover the forgotten work of a Whitehaven artist, 10 years after his death. The daughter of a Whitehaven painter was scrolling through Facebook when she spotted one of her dad’s prints on a local interest page. The image, a painting of Whitehaven’s Grand Hotel in 1940, dusted in snow, had struck […]

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Theatrical Treats In Store At Theatre By The Lake

Theatre by the Lake. Photo by Cactus Creative Theatre by the Lake revealed plans for their 2018 Season at a Season Launch , at which they revealed that they would be staging a diverse range of home-grown productions over the course of the year, alongside a programme of visiting work. Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch, said: […]

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West Cumbria Guide 07 Issue December / January 2018

A Word from the Editor This time last year we were full of excitement, anticipation and admittedly, a few nerves, as we prepared for the first ever West Cumbria Guide to hit shop counters. It’s one year on since we merged two of our publications, to instead, bring you the very “best of the west” […]

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Capturing The Cultural Zeitgeist: The Expressive Art of Barrie Baker

By Paul McGuirk Travelling the world and having work displayed throughout the country is a dream-come-true for many, but one Cumbrian artist is ready to return to his roots with a brand-new gallery residency just a stone’s throw away from where he spent his formative years. In many of his works, Barrie Baker takes inspiration […]

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Boxing Day Boof is Back, But Not By Name

By Paul McGuirk For five years, music promoters The Mighty Boof have hosted an annual Boxing Day extravaganza featuring the cream of West Cumbrian talent alongside national names and tribute acts. The perfect way to dust off the cobwebs after a day spent in front of the television eating too many Brussels sprouts, some might […]

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New Mental Health Project For Maryport

A new mental health project in west Cumbria is the first of it’s kind in the county. If you’re struggling with loneliness, isolation or even mental health issues, the antidote can be as simple as a cuppa and a friendly face. The Hug a Mug project is offering a local residents just that. Drop-in sessions, […]

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West Cumbria Mining Announces Dates For Next Community Update Event

West Cumbria Mining will be hosting its next community update event at Haig Museum on the 6th and 7th December 2017. All members of the local community are invited to come along to hear latest news about the project and have the opportunity to meet the whole WCM team who will be happy to answer any questions. […]

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